Accelero XTREME Plus II on XFX ATI Radeon HD 6970 2GB

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Accelero XTREME Plus II
by Arctic Cooling
Conclusion
October 21, 2012
Accelero XTREME Plus II A Closer Look
Radeon HD 6970 Installation Features & Specifications Conclusion






Accelero XTREME Plus II
by Arctic Cooling

Features: A multi-compatible video card cooler, 300-Watt cooling capacity, 83-fin heatsink, 5 heatpipes, and three 92mm PWM fans.
Company: Arctic Cooling
Announced: May 25, 2011
MSRP: $84.99 / 64.90
Current Price: Check Price / Purchase
Pros
  • Idle Temps of 33C
  • Full Throttle Temps of 55C
  • Amazingly quiet for having three 92mm fans running
  • Displaces air properly all around, rather than directed towards the PCI bracket area like the stock cooling fan
  • Open-Air design is much more effective than ATI's closed and compartmentalized heat management cooler
  • About 15% lighter than the stock cooling solution
  • 31 heatsinks provided for a variety of VRAM and VR (Voltage Regulator) cooling configurations
  • Multi-compatible with several ATI and nVidia cards
  • Optional VR002 and VR003 accessory set for other GeForce 465/470 and 2xx series
Cons / Disadvantages
  • None observed
Noteworthy Observations
  • The instruction manual could have been more informative, but it's not as uninformed as some have said
  • Packaging could have been better
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Conclusion

The Accelero XTREME Plus II is without question, one of the best — if not the best — coolers available for today's Dante Class video cards (i.e., hellishly hot). The amount of heat produced by such products these days is personally concerning and troubling, given the technology should be headed for cooler temperatures and smaller form factors. Until such a day where manufacturers can produce such a product, we must turn to aftermarket companies who can do the required job. Arctic Cooling has successfully been taking up the slack for many years, and demonstrates its effectiveness on a massive scale with the Accelero XTREME Plus II.

Installation was not too complex, however I've dealt with many installations over the years and somewhat knew what was coming — instruction manuals always are lacking. The instruction manual seemed to do the job in this case, however it did not emphasize the need to use 3mm spacers, and that it was not an option. The instruction manual does include the mention of using 3mm spacers, but I would have preferred bold letters, indicating these spacers are necessary to clear the VRAM heatsinks.

My initial temperatures reached up to 80C at full throttle, using distrRTgen, a BOINC program. For those who are curious what this program does, it basically squeezes every little bit of juice out of a video GPU as it can, consistently and continuously — until you say otherwise.

After installing the Accelero XTREME Plus II, my temps decreased to 55C — a 25C difference. Idle temps went from 55C to 33C. The stock cooling design of the HD 6900 series is flawed, and I would completely understand if the design was placed on a non-gaming video card, but the 6970 (as well as others before it) was meant to be a Gamer's Card. And being a Gamer's Card, I would have expected from ATI, a better cooling solution, because not only does the card create more heat than what it can handle — but this heat accumulates inside your computer case. Not a good combination.

Thankfully, Arctic Cooling comes to the rescue once again. Big time. If you own an ATI HD 6900 series video card or some beefy nVidia video cards, this cooler should be a mandatory purchase.


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